Looking back: Pioneer picnic on Saturday
July 1, 2007
75 years ago
From the July 1, 1932 issue of The Steamboat Pilot
New Pavilion is Nearing Completion
The finest dance pavilion in Northwestern Colorado will be completed sufficiently to accommodate the large crowds that will gather in Steamboat Springs for the Cowboys Round Up on July 4th, staged by the American Legion. The hall will provide room without crowding on the dance floor for 350 couples.
While the building will by no means be entirely completed, work is being rushed so that it may be available for use on July 4th. The 40 local men now employed on the building are making every minute count. As each floor board is sawed and matched, a dozen hammers are ready to drive the nails in place. The building is 118 feet long including the ample porte cochere, which provides protection for the occupants of cars arriving during inclement weather. The dance floor is 100 by 50 feet. The arched roof reinforced by heavy beams eliminates posts on the dance floor and provided for basketball games and other indoor sports. There will be sanitary accommodations and restrooms, and a cold drink booth in the building.
The management is offering a prize of $10 to the person who submits a name, which will be suitable for the building. It is intended for use wherever large gatherings need to be accommodated: sports, dances, amateur theatricals, banquets, clubs, etc.
A Thousand Pioneers Enjoy Annual Picnic in Steamboat
Former Senator R.E. Norvell sounded the key-note of pioneer life when he said in a brief talk at the reunion in Steamboat Springs on Saturday that there were more pleasant things to recall about pioneer life than there were hardships and that if the old-timers would tell about the good times, the present generation would envy them.
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The gathering of more than 1,000 of the pioneers of Routt and Moffat Counties at their annual reunion Saturday indicated that the spirit of hardihood, of determination and independence, was still abreast in the present age. The presence of E.A. Brooks, president of the association, who drove with his wife from Pasadena, California, indicates the same perseverance and fellowship that characterized him and his associates in the early days when the country was primitive and, for the most part, wilderness.
An attempt had been made to give badges to the pioneers according to their years of residence, white for 35 years or more, red for 25 years or blue for 15 years. The white ribbons, however, ran out long before oldest old-timers had been tagged, and many of them proudly wore red or blue.
When Logan Crawford welcomed the pioneers he said he was a little afraid of the “mike,” although he had frequently faced mountain lions. On May 28th, 1932, he had been made an honorary member of the Grand County Pioneers because he was one of the first boys in Hot Sulphur Springs. The other was James Granson. His mother, Mrs. James H. Crawford, was the first white woman in Hot Sulphur.
Fireworks Prohibited in Forest Area
An emergency has been declared to exist in the national forests at this time because of the deficiency in precipitation in the Rocky Mountain region during the month of June. The excessive temperatures prevailing since the first January, along with the accumulative lack of moisture in the air, with high winds, have rendered the forests highly inflammable.
Therefore, the discharge of any kind of fireworks is accordingly prohibited in the national forests until the present highly dangerous fire conditions have been relieved by sufficient moisture in the forest to reduce the hazard to a normal condition.